As soon as I saw the name and can art I knew this beer was a must buy for me. My wife and I are huge fans of Stranger Things and I couldn’t resist trying out a beer that pays homage to this amazing series.
Beer Name: The Upsidedown
Brewery: Lamplighter Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA)
Style: Dark Saison
Description: Reading from the can, this dark saison was brewed with caramel malts and rye and fermented with a Belgian farmhouse yeast. Recommended food pairing is waffles, preferably Eggos I would assume.
Appearance: Deep cola brown body topped by a fizzly off-white head.
Smell: Dark fruit sweetness mixed with a subtle hit of that distinct farmhouse yeast.
Taste: Very subdued overall, this started out with hints of dark fruit and toffee sweetness, followed by notes of creamy yeast and wheat. The finish was earthy and featured subtly toasted malts mixed with a bit of pepper and spice. A slight bit of heat towards the end of the glass.
Mouthfeel: Light body that felt slightly creamy on account of its low-level of carbonation.
Hype: I didn’t know anything about this going in. I just jumped at the cool name.
Overall: Unfortunately I found the name and can art a bit more exciting than the beer itself. It seemed a bit stuck between trying to be both a saison and a brown ale without really finding a way to stand out as either. Super mellow throughout, but what stuck with me the most for me were the toasted malts and earthiness on the finish which just wasn’t quite my thing. No regrets in trying this though.